The moon

I keep catching bits on the news, about NASA’s artemis project, preparing the way for sending people back to the moon, with a view to colonising it, and as a set off point for then visiting Mars. It’s costing the American people $93 billion dollars.

I am reminded of this song by Gil Scott-Heron :-

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)

I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey’s on the moon)

The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)

I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
(’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
I was already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes takin’ my whole damn check,
Junkies makin’ me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin’ up,
An’ as if all that shit wasn’t enough

A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an’ arm began to swell.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)

Was all that money I made las’ year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain’t no money here?
(Hm! Whitey’s on the moon)
Y’know I jus’ ’bout had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I’ll sen’ these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)

written in 1970 just after the Apollo 11 expedition.

We are all like the bright Moon; we still have our darker side.
Khalil Gibran
The Moon is almost as obvious as the Sun. Clouds permitting, we can see it in the evening sky nearly half the time.
David A. Rothery
The Moon affects people in other ways, for a beautiful crescent suspended in a twilit sky can stir our hearts.
Ken Croswell
The full Moon – the mandala of the sky.
Tom Robbins
Aim for the Moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.
W. Clement Stone

The Moon puts on an elegant show, different every time in shape, color, and nuance.
Arthur Smith
There is something haunting in the light of the Moon. It has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul and something of its inconceivable mystery.
Joseph Conrad
If all fools could fly, the sun would be eclipsed forever.
Dutch Proverb


It was a lovely moon and sky last night and it reminded me of my old absolutely favourite TV programme back in the day. Between 1985 and 1989 the actress Cybil Shepherd and a newcomer by the name of Bruce Willis starred in “Moonlighting’. A partnership between two private detectives, Madelyn “Maddie” Hayes (Shepherd) and David Addison Jr. (Willis) running the Blue Moon detective agency.   The show made use of fast-paced, overlapping dialogue between the two leads, harkening back to classic screwball comedy films such as those of director Howard Hawkes. These innovative qualities resulted in its being nominated, for the first time in the 50-year history of the Directors Guild of America, for both Best Drama and Best Comedy in the same year (both in 1985 and 1986). The plots were sometimes silly, but the pairing of Shepherd and Willis was magical and I don’t think I missed any of the 66 episodes, cried when it finished.  The theme song was lovely too.

Day 136~366

On my way to the tree I saw a near miss…



and then I got to the tree.  There was a boy sitting in it, who asked me what I was doing, so I told him about my project. He thought it was cool that I was taking a picture of the shadow, and he said he’d try to make himself look like branches. 🙂


I can see him though 😀

Day 130~366

Late home from work again tonight and homework to do too. Sunset time was at 9pm so I got out there for 8.45pm and found a moon in the sky, the tree was trying to catch it as it went sailing by.


Day 23~366 & the moon

A lovely moon rise last night over a pink sunset, had to get the long lens out and try for a shot. How cool my little fuji is! And as we all know the moon is made out of cheese, it inspired my still life for today 🙂

Tonight we are babysitting our grandchild Lydia for the first time, so there will be baby shots and such like.  Has to be done 🙂




The Sunday Fraggle Report

I didn’t pick up my camera until Wednesday night this week, when I was treated to a magnificent sunset over the houses.


That was from my front bedroom, and from the back of the house we also got the moon mixed up in it all.




I took some more shots of my christmas tree,






possibly went over the top there :). Managed to get a better picture of the birds on The Happy Eater tree..these are long tailed tits.



Today all Phil’s kids and grandkids came for a visit, and I got a happy shot of the newest one, Liddy


this was the best of the bunch, she was flapping her arms and wiggling around a lot so most were blurry.

I took Phil to hospital on Tuesday to have his laser eye surgery, the procedure was over and done with really quickly and a heck of a lot quicker than the time it took to get a prescription from the pharmacy there! Anyway he’s OK with no bad after effects so that all went well.

It’s been a strange week without Storm chucking up everywhere and wanting cuddles. There’s a big hole in my life where she used to be. Skye is our next concern as over the past couple of days she’s not been eating. Of course she’s a chunky girl so might be on a diet, but she’s having a strange week too. She’s managed something today though so fingers crossed there isn’t anything to worry about.


I’ve been trying some creative still life photography and might get into it a bit more, I quite like the faffing about.




So back to work tomorrow for 3 days, then 5 off over Christmas, yay!

laters gaters, have a cool Yule.

🙂 ❤ ❄️☃️🎄





The Sunday Fraggle Report

Winter is Coming…as the saying goes, or rather it’s here, and my photography has dropped, grey days and wet days so last week didn’t bring much in the way of pleasant views.

working life
working life

My work mornings and evenings have mostly consisted of the above, roadworks everywhere, traffic jams and queues, it gets wearing! Never mind, on my travels I meet other miserable creatures and I stopped and had a chat with this fellow..


wet horse
wet horse

gave him a handful of fresh grass and had a pat on his nose. He seemed lonely.

My lovely hubby had a few days off and did the grocery run, bought me some chocolates too, 🙂

Ferari chocs
Ferari chocs

This week hasn’t been any better with the weather or the traffic, but I managed a sunset when I was in MacDonalds carpark having a cappucino.

Sunset at MacD''s
Sunset at MacD”s

Also we had two really cold sharp nights and the moon is on our side of the world so I’ve been practising my astro photography.

Waxing Gibbous
Waxing Gibbous

Full Moon
Full Moon

I think they came out different colours because I left the WB on ‘shadey’  for the first one, but I like it as it is.

My Christmas present from Phil arrived this week 🙂 and I’ve been SO good not to open it, only 18 days to go!

wonder what it is? :)
wonder what it is? 🙂

Phil also got our new Christmas Tree from ASDA when he went to the supermarket, and couldn’t find a plain one so had to get one with integral lights, the instructions were not too bad and we managed to get it working this weekend.

Building the new tree
Building the new tree

and so it was time to get all the decorations out..

Mum's musical advent tree
Mum’s musical advent tree

looks like Christmas
looks like Christmas

and this is what the tree looks like now!

Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree

We also have a tree outside I got lights for a couple of years ago, poor Phil, I cajoled him into getting them on this year and he did them even though it was horrid outside.

putting up the lights
Health & Safety people look away now.

and it looks fab!

all lit up
all lit up

Today has been a nice quiet day, Shelly & Cal came over for a visit, and I cooked Sunday lunch for Phil and me, chicken breasts stuffed and wrapped in garlic and herb stuffing with glazed carrots, green beans and lush roasties.

Sunday dinner
Sunday dinner

and now I”M stuffed. Time to get ready for work and start all over again.

laters gaters 😉